Blake Griffin ‘excited to be back’ with Clippers after signing new deal

The Clippers made Blake Griffin the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

He has been selected to five All-Star games since and became a free agent on July 1. He never considered playing for any other team and signed a five-year contract worth $173 million on Wednesday.

“I just want to say how excited I am to be back. Obviously this has been my home since I was drafted, and a lot went into this decision for me,” Griffin told reporters Wednesday. “Not only what was best for me and my family, but just the quality of people and work that we have here. That goes from owners all the way down to the coaching staff to the roster to everything just day-to-day.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft led the league with 9.3 assists per game while also averaging 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals. He missed two full Summer League games and almost a half of another with first a groin injury and then the calf strain.

“One of the most impressive things is he missed two games and only played half of one game and still got the MVP,” Lakers Summer League coach Jud Buechler said (via the Los Angeles Times). “He really creates the environment where when one of your top players is sharing Cheap Lebron Jerseys the ball Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys like that, it’s just contagious with everybody else.”

Joining Ball on the All-Summer League first team were the Hawks’ John Collins, Suns’ Josh Jackson, Mavericks’ Dennis Smith Jr. and Trail Blazers’ Caleb Swanigan.

Second-team honors went to the Pelicans’ Cheick Diallo, Spurs’ Bryn Forbes, Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, Grizzlies’ Wayne Selden Jr. and Celtics’ Jayson Tatum.

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